Jonathan’s Former Aide Accuses EFCC Of Using Fake Documents To Nail Him
Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday told a federal high court in Lagos that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) forced him to implicate the immediate past president.
Dudafa, who is standing trial for alleged corruption, told the court that the anti-graft agency obtained statements from him under duress, and “nailed” him with “fake documents”.
He said his oral and written statements were all extracted through the use of force during his detention in the commission’s facility.
Dudafa said during the period, he had pains from a spinal cord ailment but the commission denied him adequate medical treatment. He added that he was forced to write all the statements he made, and was induced to sign in exchange for freedom.
Dudafa said he was arrested on April 17, 2016, and kept in detention until the evening of the following day without an explanation on the cause of his arrest.
He said he was eventually taken to EFCC’s office on Awolowo Road in Lagos, for interrogation, where he made four statements and filled an asset declaration form that he described as a sham.
He said the operatives of the commission denied him access to food, as his family members were barred from bringing him food.
“April 27 till May 12 was so tormenting. Sometimes I was taken out from the detention centre and kept in EFCC office between 8am and 8pm, and sometimes until 11pm depending on their mood,” he said.
“The ailment I have today is a spinal cord dislocation. It was within that period of my torture and agony that my spinal cord got dislocated.
“I was not in the best frame to write statements but they went on to force them from me. The document remains fake as they only brought out those items to nail me.”
He also said the operatives denied him access to counsel as of the time the statements were extracted, adding that “in fact my lawyers were driven away”.
Dudafa said EFCC officials only gave him paracetamol and aspirin, and allowed him to visit an in-house medical doctor when his situation worsened.
He said the EFCC doctor referred him to a military hospital, where tests revealed that he had a spinal cord injury and needed to see a specialist.
Dudafa informed the court that he was not taken to any specialist, adding that the commission turned down the request of his family to bring in a specialist to the facility to examine him.
“My Lord, I was dehumanised to the extent that I got scared of the people around me. The mistreatment was also extended to my immediate family as they froze my wife’s bank account and my children’s schools savings accounts in a bid to frustrate and break me down,” he said.
“When I realised that I did not make any statements voluntarily I raised objections.”
During cross examination by Rotimi Oyedepo, EFCC’s prosecutor, Dudafa admitted that he was cautioned before making the statements.
He said he was also never forced to admit committing any crime in the statements. However, he insisted that he was asked to sign the statements.
Mohammed Idris, the judge, adjourned the case till January 24 for continuation of the trial-within-trial.
EFCC had arraigned him and Iwejuo Joseph Nna alias Taiwo Ebenezer and Olugbenga Isaiah, before Justice Idris on 23-counts of conspiracy and concealment of crime proceeds.
They were accused of conspiring to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to over N1.6 billion on June 11, 2013. However, they pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
It was alleged that between June 1 and June 4, 2015, Dudafa procured Nna and Ebiwise Resources to conceal N150 million being proceeds of crime.